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* Second, WARNING: explicit sex and language.
* Third, author needs an editor. Not so much grammar and misspellings but misuse of words, like autocorrect might cause. Enough examples to cause a distraction when reading.
WARNING 2: There will be some minor spoiler alerts in this review.
The story is about Coraline and Gavin and Gavin's brothers-the Walkers. There are several threads in the story that can become a little confusing.
Thread 1: The boys were part of an illegal posthuman experiment by a mad scientist in a government sanctioned program to create soldiers with extraordinary skills. Supposedly, the government did not know that children were being used in the experiment. When the experiments are exposed, the boys are all placed in a home together as brothers. The scientist in charge, Dr. Sinclair, is not punished and set free, nor are any of the other people involved punished. It seems Dr. Sinclair along with the SIEGE company have continued their experiments and observations of the brothers and others. Each brother has some similar and unique abilities. Gavin's in super strength. Sadly, Gavin must become "a monster" to use his special abilities.
Thread 2: Two years before story, Gavin's girlfriend was killed in a freak car accident. He blames Cora for what happened and hates her only behind Dr. Sinclair. But it seems that Cora was not at fault and everyone knew this, including his family. They thought it best not to tell Gavin what really happened until all are in danger.
Thread 3: Cora loves Gavin but has let him blame her for his girlfriend's death because she feels guilty about what happened. In the mean time, she has started having precognition visions about Gavin and a mysterious man hunting him. She cannot resist interacting with Gavin and a sexual relationship develops between them. She knows it is a doomed relationship because he still loves his dead girlfriend and refuses to think of caring for anyone else.
As the first novel in a new series, I know that the author has a lot of back knowledge about the characters to share and I appreciate this but it became a little hard to follow at times. Also, the ending with Gavin and Cora seemed very rushed and I felt it needed a little more. Overall, it was not a bad read and I intend to buy the next book in the series, Taken, as soon as it is available.
It is a based on a not totally new but still intriguing plotline. The reader can easily picture the future novels as there are enough hints within the plot of Darken and that is totally OK.
Gavin and Cora get their sort of standalone novel so – yeah – not a cliffhanger in sight – thank you very much. The story starts of quite loud in the first chapter but gets a little more quite then.
I would have wished for a little faster pace around there. But I often encountered this with the opening books of a new series.
Sometimes a story has to find its flow and that might take a little so I assume we will know for sure if this series is a keeper when the second book is out.
The writing is solid and the characters are well developed – I see no reason to not enjoy this book either as a standalone or as the opening of a new world.
I honestly think that some of Gavin’s Brothers might be even more interesting than Gavin (sorry).
So I am actually looking forward to the next books and would love a chance at reviewing those too.
This is a stand alone without the dreaded cliffhanger It is a great introduction to what I think will be a great series that I can not wait to read! Great Job on creating a new engaging series. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
I liked Cora's character. She is truly a good person, you want to root for her the whole time. I hated how she blamed herself and how others blamed her. Yet she didn't treat them differently no matter how they treated her. Gavin was jerk and she let him be like that with her because she thought she deserved it. I didn't like that she let him walk all over her though.
I'm not sure how I feel about Gavin. I'm not sure he deserved Cora's love. I think he could have done a bit more redeeming for my preference. I liked reading his interactions with his family, it was when I actually liked him. I felt bad about his loss but didn't like how he used Cora or how he either didn't see or didn't care what he was doing to her every time he was with her and repeated that one sentence.
The story was certainly full of drama and intrigue. Not knowing what was going to happen next kept me engaged and reading. The pacing was consistent and the writing was well done. I could easily visualize the change Gavin went through because Angela wrote it clearly.
I loved the brothers and hope to read their stories next.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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